Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Journey

In and around our home we have a number of Quotes hanging on the walls of our home. Today I would like to talk about one of them. It is quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Life is a journey, not a destination.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson

To many people life is a time to get whatever they can in terms of worldly possessions or position or they may think that this life is all that there is. But my experience teaches me otherwise. I tend to agree with the above quote. And it reminds me of others that I am familiar with. For example –

“We are the sum of our experiences.”

Each and every day we have experiences that may change our opinions, give us knowledge, or affect us physically or emotionally. Today we are not the person we were yesterday, because of the experiences we have had, good or bad, each of those experiences has an effect on us, one way or the other.
How we approach each day/experience also has a lot to do with making us the person that we are. For example –

“Be not only good for yourself, but the cause of goodness in others.”

We need to remember that even though we are having these experiences and are becoming the person that we are. Our attitudes and behaviour also have an effect on those around us. Never think that your life or opinions don’t matter, because they do.
Each of us has an effect on those around us, just as they have an effect on us. This brings me to a quote from Richard L Evans.

 

“From the earliest years of youth, the record doesn’t matter very much; the school record; the work record; the moral record; the record of all our conduct and acts and utterances and attitudes. People constantly classify us; our own acquaintances classify us from the earliest age of remembrances. They know whether or not we are clean and honest or otherwise, willing or lazy, dependable or undependable – they remember. Those who haven’t known us refer to the record when they have reason to, to see if we have the essentials for any trust or office or opportunity.”


Richard L Evans

 

Lastly I have two more quotes for you. So remember –

 

“What you despise reveals the true nature of your character. It is better to tell the truth than to hide in half-truths and lies.”

 

So how do you want to be remembered? As a cause for goodness in others? Or otherwise? Lastly a quote from Tiek. While I think the second half has more bearing on what I have been saying, I think the first part also has a bearing on what we have been discussing today.

 

“Measure not life by the hopes and enjoyments of this world; but by the preparation it makes for another; looking forward to what you shall be rather than backward to what you have been. He is not dead who departs this life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead; even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.”

Tiek

 

So think about it folks. And have fun; until next time.

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